New Nokia Asha with QWERTY keyboard to be announced this week?
Nokia has unveiled that it would announce “something new” this week, on April 24. It doesn’t say exactly what we’re going to see then, but the teaser image seen below certainly hides a QWERTY phone (those Z and shift keys are unmistakable).
Most probably, this new QWERTY handset will be included in Nokia’s Asha series. It could be the Nokia 210 that we’ve heard about earlier this month. In any case, the launch event will be “followed by a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest.”
Until now, Nokia has released five QWERTY Asha phones: Asha 200, Asha 201, Asha 205, Asha 302, and Asha 303. All of them are affordable devices, and the new one shouldn’t break the bank either.
Another Asha that could be announced really soon is the Nokia 501. This doesn’t have a QWERTY keyboard, being a full-touch handset.
In the last quarter of 2012, Nokia sold more than 9 million Asha handsets. The Finnish company likely hopes to sell more during the quarters of 2013.